Discover the history of your family’s quilt at tea

The Virginia Quilt Museum will sponsor a Comfort and Joy Quilt Turning Tea Dec. 4 at the George Washington Hotel.

Rosalyn Wetzel, marketing and outreach coordinator for the Virginia Quilt Museum, said the museum has held quilt turnings before, but a discovery is different. A quilt discovery allows an expert quilt historian to tell about a quilt’s age and time period, which is revealed through its fabric and form, as well as facts related to its history. Quilt Historian Pamela Pampe will be at the event to talk about the quilts brought in.

Wetzel said, “This is a way for someone curious about a quilt their family owns to find out about its origins, history, significance, and story. All quilts tell a story, so the discovery can serve to uncover that story.”

“The event should also attract anyone who enjoys history and celebrating heritage; who wants to learn about quilts in general; who would enjoy a festive occasion in an elegant atmosphere that includes delectable fare and socializing,” she added.

The tea will be held from 1p.m. to 3 p.m., but doors open at noon.

She said guests are invited to bring their own quilt to the event after an agreement form has been submitted by Friday. The agreement can be found and submitted online at http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org/events, or by mail at 301 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, 22801.

“The Quilt Discovery is the program or entertainment portion of the seasonally festive tea,” she said.

Wetzel said that during the Quilt Discovery portion of the tea, each quilt will be displayed and examined by Pampe “as she tells the owner and all attendees about the quilt, including its age, how the fabrics convey that information, and about the time period or facts that relate to the quilt’ history.”

A special three-course lunch will be prepared for attendees by the hotel’s chef and kitchen staff, which will be accompanied by warm specialty tea pairings, she said.

She said she hopes for about 50 attendees, but “will open our arms to as many as would like to attend.”

She added that bringing a quilt is not a requirement to attend the tea.

Tickets for the tea are $40 and can be purchased at the Virginia Quilt Museum, on its website, or by phone at 540-433-3818.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com